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Review the Wk 5 Resources.

Prepare a 12- to 16-slide presentation for the two economies assigned to your team.

Team A: United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) vs European Union (world’s two largest economic entities)

Research each economy assigned to your Team. Compare similarities and differences between your assigned countries/economies and how their economic, political, and cultural development since 1992 has influenced their economic growth and trade competitiveness.

Use tables and/or graphs to support your analysis of the following economic statistics/indicators of your two assigned economies through the most recent year available since 2009 (the trough of the last economic cycle). Whenever possible, plot the metric for both economies on the same chart.

GDP per capita growth over time
Inflation rate over time
Unemployment rate over time
Exports as a % of GDP over time
National government debt as a % of GDP

Evaluate the reasons why the economic growth of the two economies/countries varied. Discuss how international trade influenced the strength of each economy. Discuss the role of value chains and value-added production.

Analyze how the failure to use value-added trade measures distorts trade statistics. For example, Boeing and Airbus airliners, Apple iPad and iPhone production, and North American integrated auto and light truck manufacturing.

Examine at least two industries that have provided each economy a comparative advantage in world trade.

Cite at least two academically credible sources.  

Format your citations according to APA guidelines.